81 Bowery Tenants Remain Homeless 3 Months After Eviction

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 at 6:17 am by
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81 Bowery remains a proverbial thorn in the side of Chinatown. Back on March 7, the fourth floor SRO was liquidated by the fire department due to hazardous living conditions. A vacate order was served same day. Firefighters broke down the doors and ordered the inhabitants, most of whom are Chinese immigrants, to leave the premises. It wasn’t the first time safety violations were cited at this address – residents were also exiled for nine months in 2008.

More than three months after the eviction, the embattled tenants are still homeless. According to CAAAV, the landlord had promised to remedy the building violations within two weeks of the incident. That reportedly hasn’t happened yet.

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In a public statement, CAAAV noted:

This issue reflects New York City’s affordable housing crisis and how the local government is just standing by as it happens. All residents deserve a safe place to live, but New York City really does not have a sufficient amount of housing for low-income communities. 81 Bowery is a home that the local residents built up for themselves over the years. As families in our community, their home is worth fighting. We must help each other, uniting in solidarity to fight for tenants rights.  We hope you will support our upcoming following actions, as a loss of one family’s apartment is a loss for the whole community.

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